Hormone replacement therapy is a common procedure for a variety of symptoms and is one of our popular hormone balancing treatments in Salt Lake City. At SLC Med Spa, we use bio identical hormone therapy, but what does that exactly mean?
Natural Versus Bio-Identical Versus Synthetic
As we age, our hormone levels can rise and fall. Remember that we have many different kinds of hormones in our bodies performing important functions, and they’re always at work. HRT is given to ensure that your hormone levels are balanced, so that your body is functioning properly.
At SLC Med Spa, we want to make sure that the hormone medication we give you most closely matches the hormones that your body is producing by itself. That is what you’ll find with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Getting synthetic hormones sometimes means that treatment doesn’t fit into the body’s natural systems.
What Bio Identical Hormones Do I Need?
Dr. Larsen will perform advanced diagnostic testing to evaluate your condition. Estrogen is often the hormone that is needed. With menopause, estrogen levels drop, and many women need help to feel normal.
There are three basic types of estrogen: estrone, estradiol, and estriol.
Testosterone is another hormone that commonly needs replacing. Along with testosterone, an adrenal precursor to testosterone called DHEA is often the hormone that can be problematic.
As before stated, there are many kinds of synthetic and “natural” hormones out there on the market that claim to work. But at SLC Med Spa, Dr. Larsen will customize your bio identical hormone treatment for your specific hormone situation.
For example, estriol isn’t made by pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Larsen uses a compounding pharmacy to create bio-identical estriol. Estriol is a common treatment in other parts of the world.
Bio-identical doesn’t mean the hormones come from other people, right?
Correct. The hormones we give you are plant based, and mimic the shape and function of your natural hormones.
What Are Hormones Made of Anyway?
Hormones are made of a solid steroid base, with different attachments latched on that allow the hormone to complete different functions. These attachments allow a hormone to attach onto different receptor molecules, influencing cell behavior throughout the body.
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